Seitai (整体, translation: "properly ordered body"). Technically, it consists in easing the activity of the life force by re-adjusting the physiology of the body. Basic known techniques are katsugen undō (活元運動), Seitai taisō (整体体操、せいたいたいそう)and yuki (愉気, ゆき). Seitai was invented by Haruchika Noguchi (野口晴哉, のぐちはるちか).[1][2] He also founded the Seitai Society in 1956.[3] A major concept in seitai is taiheki (体癖, たいへき).[4] Seitai is also known as Noguchi Seitai to avoid ambiguity ("seitai" in Japanese is used to refer to a range of osteopathy and chiropractic therapies[5]). Note: For some people, Seitai was invented by Michio Takahashi in the 1920s. He is also called the founder of the Seitai School.[6]

Known teachers and practitioners

Tatsuo Nakamura Seitai Jutsu

Katsugen undō

Katsugen undō (regenerating movement exercise, 活元運動, かつげんうんどう) is a Seitai exercise developed by Haruchika Noguchi in which one purposely lets go of conscious control of the body and allows it to heal itself. Also a manifestation of regenerating movement exists which is spontaneously induced by the body and which is simply called katsugen.[2][10] The regenerating movement can be learned in an hour or so, requires no technical knowledge or skill and can be practised alone, in pairs or small groups. According to Noguchi student Itsuo Tsuda, Noguchi taught this movement so that ordinary people could have the opportunity to "seitai-ize" their bodies without the time and trouble of becoming a Seitai "sensei", which takes years or even decades: "whereas Seitai may be classed as an esoteric teaching, the movement is definitely exoteric and open to everyone".[11]


See also

References - Germany

  1. Haruchika Noguchi. Order, Spontaneity and the Body. Tokyo: Zensei, 1985. ISBN 4-915417-00-X.
  2. 1 2 Seitai
    • Haruchika Noguchi. Scolding and Praising. Tokyo: Zensei, 1991. ISBN 4-915417-02-6.
  4. ja:整体
  5. Stephen Brown,
  6. Katsugen Undo]
  7. (German)
  8. (Portuguese)
  9. Haruchika Noguchi. Order, Spontaneity and the Body. Tokyo:Zensei, 1985. ISBN 4-915417-00-X.
  10. Tsuda, Itsuo (1984). The Not Doing. Paris: Arjuna Publications. p. 19. ISBN 2-88063-007-X.

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